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Official Montana Hunting Safety Course Link to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Hello, hunter! Montana's online hunting course has moved. Click here to go to the latest version of the Today's Hunter in Montana course—the official hunting safety course of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

The following course material is for reference only. Please go to the new course to complete your Montana certification.

Where Can You Hunt?

Your hunt may take you on public or private land. Public land is land that is owned by the federal, state, or local government. Generally, the public has access to this land without special permission. Private land is land that is owned by an individual or a business. To use or enter private land you must ask permission. Generally, the rules of conduct remain the same for each, but there are certain rules and laws that are specific to each. Know them before you hunt! To find out which rules apply to which areas, get a copy of Montana’s current hunting regulations. Study the regulations for any changes or new rules and be sure you understand the seasons and bag limits for the area and game you are planning to hunt. If you need help, call your regional Fish, Wildlife & Parks office. There is a list of offices inside the back cover.

If you plan to hunt on private land

  • Get permission from the landowner well before the day you want to hunt.
  • Confirm with the landowner the date and time you will be hunting every time you hunt.
  • Stop by when you leave to let the landowner know you made it back safely. Offer to share your game.
  • Send a thank you note afterwards.
  • Always clean up your trash, including any flagging and empty shells.
  • Always follow the landowners’ instructions. There may be restrictions on where and when they want you to hunt.
  • Never shoot around houses, buildings, or livestock.
  • Leave gates as you find them.
  • Report any acts of vandalism or unusual situations.

If you plan to hunt on public lands

  • Know which government agency manages the property, and get a map of the area.
  • Check the regulations to be sure that hunting is permitted and that there are no special restrictions.
  • Be aware that most public lands are open to everyone, not just hunters. You may encounter hikers, bird-watchers, or other people in the field. Treat everyone you meet with courtesy and respect.
  • Don’t hunt near heavily used recreation areas such as campgrounds, buildings and trailheads for safety reasons and out of courtesy to others.
  • Always clean up your trash, including any flagging and empty shells.
  • Never shoot around houses, buildings, or livestock.
  • Leave gates as you find them.
  • Report any acts of vandalism or unusual situations.
  • Take care to avoid spreading weeds.
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